Dr. Taylor holds a BS in molecular and cellular biology from UC Santa Barbara and her DDS from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco. After dental school, she studied with the International Academy of Oral and Medical Toxicology, becoming an accredited member (AIOMT) and certified in safe mercury removal. She also attended the American College of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry, making her a board certified naturopath, and obtained her degree in Integrative Biologic Dental Medicine. She also has completed coursework though the Institute of Functional Medicine and is certified in ozone and myofunctional therapy.
This comprehensive background allows her to communicate with physicians in their own language and create collaborative, individualized treatment plans for their shared patients. It also allows her to quarterback patient care and direct patients to help them achieve total mouth and body health.
Recently, Dr. Taylor has developed a real passion for treating both the root cause of crowded teeth and sleep apnea/airway issues. “Fixing the causes of obstruction in both children and adults to support optimal systemic health is so rewarding,’ she says. “Oxygen is THE MOST IMPORTANT nutrient our body needs. We make such a big deal around the nutrition we put into our bodies, which is important, but we skim over the oxygen supply pathway: our breathing! Oxygen is KING, and without sufficient oxygen, every organ system breaks down.”
The dental implant – which anchors a false tooth on a synthetic “root” that’s been implanted into the jawbone – is quickly becoming the most popular choice for replacing missing or extracted teeth. For one, they’re most like natural teeth, both in terms of function and aesthetics. But there are other good reasons, as well.
- Implants osseointegrate (bond) with your existing jaw bone and put an end to bone loss.
- Implants support your teeth firmly and safely.
- You will no longer have pain during talking or eating.
Above all, implants have a proven scientific basis.
While first generation implants were made exclusively from metal – usually titanium – we prefer the newer generation zirconium implants from Z-System. These ceramic implants are broadly biocompatible and just as strong and durable as metal. They’re certainly more attractive, blending well at the gum line, with no gray showing through.
Laser Facial Aesthetics
Procedures such as SmoothLase and LipLase allow us to remove wrinkles, add lip volume, and reshape the contours of your face – without surgery, non-invasively, and utilizing your own body’s regenerative power. But unlike a dermatologist, we don’t apply the laser to the outside of your skin. We apply it primarily within the mouth to stimulate collagen production. This tightens and plumps loose skin, creating a naturally younger and healthier look. We can also use our laser externally for a treatment called NeckLase. This procedure tightens up skin on the neck through a similar process of stimulating collagen production and encouraging the growth of new skin cells. There are no incisions or injections, no fillers, little to no post-treatment pain, and minimal side effects, with results lasting up to a half year or more. The laser and your own cells do all the work.
No-drill Porcelain Veneers
Veneers can be a great long-term solution to a variety of dental issues. But most conventional veneers are thick and require a dentist to destroy perfectly healthy tooth structure to place. Lumineers are different. We don’t have to drill. The process is minimally invasive, painless and offers excellent, long-lasting results. These wafer-thin pieces of porcelain are designed from digital x-rays, pictures and models of your teeth. Lumineers can be the perfect solution for disguising chipped teeth, reshaping teeth or realigning a smile, or for rejuvenating old dental work such as crowns and bridges. And because no natural tooth has been sacrificed for them, the procedure is easily reversible.
A brighter smile can inspire confidence and lift self esteem. And for best looking results, nothing can beat professional whitening. We can remove the stains your teeth accumulate over time while making sure you keep a natural look. (No “Chiclet teeth” or mismatches between your natural teeth and dental work.) The Sinsational Smile system we use offers a safe, convenient and affordable process that can drastically whiten your teeth in just 20 minutes. Unlike most (if not all) other whitening systems, Sinsational Smile is fluoride-free. With flexible, pre-filled silicon trays, your jaw remains relaxed and comfortable through the whole procedure. An LED accelerating light heightens the brightening properties of the nontoxic solution, giving you immediate and impressive results.
Straight teeth are more than just the stuff of an attractive smile and a boost to self-confidence. When teeth are properly aligned, the gums fit more snugly around them, creating a strong, healthy environment and lowering your risk of gum disease. Aligning teeth can also alleviate certain speech problems, jaw problems and chewing difficulties. It can reduce wear on tooth enamel. Invisalign is comfortable, easy to use, and virtually invisible. Unlike metal braces, you can remove your aligners while eating so you can enjoy a wider variety of foods such as popcorn, carrots, apples and nuts – stuff that easily gets caught on conventional brackets. You can also take them out to brush and floss normally, for better periodontal health.
Key Issues in Dentistry
There are a number of issues in dentistry today that bear directly on our ability to follow through on this philosophy. Here’s a quick summary of where we stand on some of the most important ones with respect to health. Our beliefs are expressed through our actions.
Biocompatibility Testing of Dental Materials
We encourage serum (blood) biocompatibility testing to determine the safest, healthiest choices of materials for restoring or replacing patients’ teeth.
We don’t use it. There are better and safer ways to protect teeth and prevent cavities.
Mercury Amalgam “Silver” Fillings
We don’t use them. When we must remove them, we follow strict safety protocols to minimize mercury exposure to patients, dental workers and the environment.
White/Tooth-Colored Composite Fillings
We use them. For most people, they’re an excellent option for repairing decayed or damaged teeth. We make sure that the ones we use are BPA-free, and where sensitivity is a concern, we do biocompatibility testing to identify materials that the patient is non-reactive to.
Metal Crowns & Bridges
We don’t use them – or any other restorations made of metal. No gold or other alloys. No stainless steel. No porcelain fused to metal.
Ceramic/Porcelain Crowns & Bridges
We use them. Like composite, these are an excellent choice and well-tolerated by most people. As with composites, there are many options available. Again, compatibility testing helps guide us to the ones best suited for you.
Titanium Dental Implants
Just as we don’t place metal restorations, we don’t place metal implants.
Ceramic Dental Implants
These can be a good option for many people. The zirconium they’re made with is widely biocompatible. We place them when appropriate and desired.
Root Canal Treatment
We don’t do them. It’s important to us that our patients are educated on the pros and cons of this procedure so they can decide whether it’s right – or not – for them.
To keep radiation exposure at an absolute minimum, we use only digital imaging.
We use ozone in a variety of applications – from direct ozone therapy to disinfect and support healing to ozonated water in our operatories to eliminate biofilm and pathogens from the water supply we use while cleaning or working on your teeth.
Diet & Nutrition
These are as important to good oral health as they are to good overall health! We routinely encourage our patients to make healthful eating a habit.